Shanghai Pudong Development Bank Building

The Pudong Development Bank Building (the former Shanghai Government Building, and former Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Building) is located at No. 10 to No. 12 on Zhongshan East I Road. It is a new style Greek building built in 1923 and was once host to the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, Shanghai Branch. At the time, the US considered it the most exquisite building from the Suez Canal of Egypt to the Bering Strait between Russia and Alaska. When this building was completed, two large copper lions were laid in front of the gate. It is said that the copper-formed mold of these two lions were destroyed as soon as the two copper lions were completed, making the two lion the only existing twins of their kind. Today, the two lions live at the Shanghai History Museum within the Oriental Pearl TV and Radio Tower.

The hallway of this building features a unique octagonal shape, the top of which is more than 20 meters above the floor. On the rooftop, there is a mural composed of hundreds of thousands of colorful mosaic tiles, each tile only several square centimeters in size. The mural is 4.3 meters wide and 2.4 meters long covering nearly 200 square meters, and it depicts the architectures of eight cities in the early 20th century, including Shanghai, Hong Kong, London, Paris, New York, Tokyo, Bangkok, and Calcutta. There are even some figures from myths. In addition, the building hosts 24 paintings that show some animals from various myths.

Getting there by bus: Bus 20, Bus 22, Bus 37, Bus 42, Bus 55, Bus 65, Bus 126, Bus 212, or Bus 401

Nearby Attractions:

1. Nanjing Road: Nanjing Road begins at Xizang Middle Road in the west, and ends at Henan Middle Road in the east. There is a dark red marble tablet on either end of Nanjing Road, on which 6 Chinese Character “Nan Jing Lu Bu Xing Jie” (meaning “Nanjing Road Vehicle-Free Promenade”) are carved.

Getting there by subway: Subway Line 1, Line 2, or Line 8 to the People’s Square Station

2. Lovers’ Wall in the Bund: The sight-seeing platform, which is commonly referred to as the Lovers’ Wall, is located on the bank of Huangpu River, stretching from Huangpu Park to Xinkai River. It is about 1700 meters long, built for flood prevention, and the floor of the platform is paved with 140,000 colorful floor tiles and granite.

3. Garden Bridge of Shanghai (or Wai Bai Du Bridge): People living near the mouth of Suzhou River, which is near Huangpu River, used to cross the river by using ferryboats. There are several ferry crossings here; the one closest to the river’s mouth is named “Wai Bai Du”.

Getting there by bus: Bus 20 (terminal at Jiujiang Road, the Bund), Bus 42, Bus 71 (terminal at Yan’an East Road, the Bund), Bus 123, or Bus 55, as well as by way of the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel.

4. Chen Yi Square: Chen Yi Square is situated at the end of Nanjing Road which is 5 kilometers long. In the square, the statue of Chen Yi, the first mayor of Shanghai, stands proudly and imposingly upright.

5. Traveling on Huangpu River: Traveling on Huangpu River has always been a traditional part of Shanghai tourism. Every day, sightseeing ships leave from Pu Jiang Zhi Guang (“the glamour of Huangpu River”) dock in the Bund, and bring visitors from the prosperous Shanghai downtown to “San Jia Shui” off the Wusong river mouth, which is where Huangpu River and the Yangtze River (the third longest river in the world) merge and flow together into the sea.

Address: No. 153 on Zhongshan East II Road, No. 219-No. 239

It takes one hour to travel from Zhongshan East II Road to Yangpu Bridge. This sightseeing ship leaves every half hour. The ticket price is 35 RMB per person in the day; at night, the ticket price of smaller ships (which can take 100 people at one time) is 50 RMB per person; and the ticket price of bigger ships (which can take 800 people at one time) is 70 RMB per person. On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, the ticket price is 90 RMB per person.

It takes three hours to travel from Zhongshan East II Road to the Wusong River Mouth. This ship leaves at 2:00 pm every day. The ticket price for lower chambers is 90 RMB per person, and the ticket price for upper chambers is 120 RMB per person (the price of drinks and snacks are included).

Telephone: 021-63744461, 021-63744459

Hours: 9:30 am – 9:30 pm

Getting there by bus: Bus 20, Bus 22, Bus 37, Bus 55, Bus 65, Bus 42, Bus 123, Bus 135, Bus 910, or Bus 921

6. The People’s Park: The People’s Park is on one end of Nanjing Road. It lies in the center of the Shanghai People’s Square and used to be a part of an Old Shanghai racecourse. After many restorations and reconstruction, the People’s Park now, despite not being as large as it used to be, is full of green trees, grass, and bountiful flowers scattered about. Water and rockeries elements also enhance each other. This park certainly adds a much needed area of natural beauty to this modern city.

Hours: 6:00 am – 6:00 pm

Getting there by subway: Subway Line 1, Line 2, or Line 8 to the People’s Square Station

7. Shanghai Grand Theatre: The Shanghai Grand Theatre is situated at the northwest side of the People’s Square. There are 3 auditoriums within the Shanghai Grand Theatre. The main auditorium contains 1800 seats where people can appreciate ballets, operas, and symphonies.

Tickets: Prices differ according to different performances. However, throughout the one year, there are some open days such as the traditional Chinese opera open day, symphony open day, ballet open day, and others held irregularly. On those open days, the public can go inside the Shanghai Grand Theatre and enjoy the marvelous performances for free.

Hours: 9:00 am – 11:00 am on Mondays

Getting there by bus: Bus 17, Bus 20, Bus 23, Bus 37, Bus 46, Bus 48, Bus 49, Bus 71, Bus 108, Bus 109, Bus 112, or Bus 123 etc

8. Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall: The Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall is located on one side of the People’s Square. On the building’s roof are four huge eaves that shine in the sun. They are all in the shape of white champaca (or white sandalwood), the official flower of the Shanghai Municipality City.

Tickets: 30 RMB for adults. With a letter of introduction, adults in a touring party of more than twenty people can buy tickets at the price of 24 RMB each. With a student identity card, primary school, middle school, and university students can buy tickets for 15 RMB. The elderly aged above 70 can buy tickets at the price of 15 RMB. When accompanied by an adult, a child can go into the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall free of charge (an adult can take no more than one child). Servicemen and retired servicemen may also enter free of charge.

Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday to Thursday, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Friday to Sunday

Getting there by subway: Subway Line 1 or Line 2 to the People’s Square Station

Getting there by bus: Bus 18, Bus 20, Bus 46, Bus 49, Bus 71, Bus 123, or Bus 537

9. Shanghai Museum: The Shanghai Museum lies at the southern side of the People’s Square, the center of Shanghai Municipality City. At first, the Shanghai Museum is located at No. 16 on Henan South Road (inside the former Zhonghui Bank Building). At the end of 1995, the new Shanghai Museum was built. Together with the Beijing Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, Nnajing Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, and Xi’an Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, the Shanghai Museum is among the four most famous exhibition halls in China.

Tickets: free of charge

Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Final ticket sales are at 4:00 pm.

Getting there by subway: Subway Line 1 or Line 2 to the People’s Square Station

Getting there by bus: Bus 547, Bus 112, Bus 123, Bus 71, Bus 934, Bus 145, Bus 46, or Suidao Line 6

10. The Bund Sightseeing Tunnel: The Bund Sightseeing Tunnel connects the Bund of Shanghai in Puxi and the Lujianzui financial area in the Pudong distrct. The exit and entrance in Puxi is connected to Nanjing East Road, Beijing East Road, the Waitan pedestrian underpass, and seeded strip of Riverside Avenue. From the exit and entrance of Pudong, visitors can access the Oriental Pearl TV and Radio Tower, the scenic ship docks, and Lujiazui Road. Within the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel, visitors can take a ride in a sightseeing car and experience a high-tech trip with the theme “going through the earth”. The simulation shows the mysterious starry sky, vast ocean, and allows a personal perspective into what it would be like to travel through the earth’s mantle and centrosphere past boiling rock magma. All of this is accompanied by amazing sound effects which bellow with the scenery.

Tickets: 45 RMB for a one-way ticket, 50 RMB for a round-trip ticket

Getting there by bus: Bus 42, Bus 65, Bus 55, or Bus 123

11. Nanpu Bridge: Nanpu Bridge is the first cable-stayed bridge with double pylons and two cable planes in Shanghai that was designed and built by Chinese people alone. The bridge is 8,346 meters long, with the main part of the bridge stretching across Huangpu River for 423 meters. It ranks third of its kind in the world and is certainly a wonder in the world’s history of bridge construction. The main pylon on Nanpu Bridge is 150 meters high, and the stay cables are powerful and aligned as if like a flying eagle. Indeed, the deep auger-type foundation bridge in Puxi are like elegant goddess.

Getting there by bus from Pudong: Bus 43, Bus 564, Bus 65, Bus 109, Bus 144, Bus 801, Bus 802, Bus 868, Bus 869, Bus 910, Bus 925, Nan-She Special Bus, Lvyou Bus No. 7, or Jinjiang Signtseeing Bus

Getting there by bus from Puxi: Bus 83, Bus 588, Bus 624, Bus 633, Bus 637, Bus 772, Nan-chuan Special Bus, or Nan-yang Bus

Tips: Visitors can take an elevator from either side of Huangpu River to get on the bridge and appreciate the beautiful scenery around. Tickets: 5 RMB

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Getting there by bus: Bus 20, Bus 22, Bus 37, Bus 42, Bus 55, Bus 65, Bus 126, Bus 212, or Bus 401

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Visitors can also take the subway to the People’s Square Station, then walk along Nanjing Road to the Bund. After that, take a ferry to Lujiazui at one end of the Bund. This is both convenient and cheap. It is also a good route going the reverse way.

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